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Zumba is a dance fitness program created by a Columbian dancer in the 1990s and quickly became a craze in the UK and throughout the world. Zumba classes are taken by approximately 5 million people a week in over 200,000 locations across 180 countries making it one of the most popular exercise classes in the world. The choreography of Zumba is based around hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo and offers up a fantastic all over work out whilst being a really fun class to take.

Zumba classes can be attended by all ages and people of varying fitness levels and the sessions will often be organised by level and some venues even put on specific classes for elderly people.

Health benefits

At its core, Zumba is a calorie burning exercise class done with interval training in mind. The average person will burn between 600-1,000 calories in a one hour Zumba class. Zumba is a full body workout and is both a dance and a fitness class. From head and shoulder rolls to footwork and calf stretches, a Zumba class will work every inch of your body making it a great class for all round fitness. There are both aerobic and anaerobic benefits as the class will elevate your heart rate whilst you are also building up your endurance. Zumba also helps with your coordination – learning the moves and participating as part of a class helps to improve your overall coordination which is extremely important as you get older.

Did you know?

  • Zumba was created by a man, "Beto" Perez, who had one day forgotten his aerobics music for his class and instead substituted traditional Latin salsa and meringue music with fitness moves. It became an instant hit!
  • The word Zumba is Colombian slang for buzz like a bee or move very fast.
  • Zumba class has its own formula combining basic steps, variations, music and intervals. Instructors must teach 70% Latin rhythms.

You can find Zumba facilities at any of these local facilities: